1975 volume 7(5) pages 579 – 588

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Whitelegg J, Oliver M, 1975, "Temporal disaggregation of long-term transition matrices" Environment and Planning A 7(5) 579 – 588

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Temporal disaggregation of long-term transition matrices

J Whitelegg, M Oliver

Received 19 February 1975, in revised form 30 April 1975

Abstract. Data which are measured in several characteristics and at several different points of time are sometimes available for a population. Transition matrices or mobility tables are often constructed from such 'panel data' and, as in the case of the Census and migration analysis, become the basis for a wide range of research activity. Problems arise when gaps appear in the series or when change needs to be tabulated over a specific interval. Several methods for estimating subinterval transition matrices are presented and evaluated, and one method is examined in an empirical situation. This is seen as a step towards full control and understanding of spatial and temporal-aggregation problems in data analysis.

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